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Clay Pigeon Shooting for Beginners

The Coniston Shooting Ground, awarded Premier Plus Ground status from The Clay Pigeon Shooting Association, is perfect for everyone from beginners to regular shooters.

If you’re new to the sport, then there are a few basic things that you need to know to help you prepare. Our Clay Pigeon Shooting tips for beginners will help you get ready and ensure you get the most out of your day out!

What to wear… 

As with any outdoor activity, you’ll need to dress appropriately for the weather so make sure you come prepared. You’ll be provided with eye protection and ear defenders during your briefing, and a shoulder pad should you need it. For the majority of the experience, you’ll be outside so make sure you wear warm clothes and waterproof footwear on colder days. If you visit on a beautifully sunny day, we would suggest that you bring a baseball hat or flat cap to keep the sun out of your eyes when shooting. We have shelters at each of our clay traps, however, you will be out in the open when walking between them so waterproofs are highly recommended on a wet day.

How to prepare…

As part of your experience, you’ll be given a full briefing in which our trainers will help you to determine your dominant eye, show you how to mount the gun correctly and how to adopt a comfortable and strong stance. But if you want to prepare so you get off to a flying start you can .. simply pick a point of reference across the room and point at it. Firstly close your left eye – if you can still see the object at the end of your finger then you are right eye dominant. If the object moves away from your finger then open your left eye and close your right eye – if you can see the object this time then you are left eye dominant.

Hitting the target…

When our instructor takes you out onto the shooting ground, you’ll be talked through the travel or flight of the clay. Some of the key things that you need to ask yourself before shooting are where is the clay coming from, where is the clay going, how fast is the clay travelling and where I am going to try and shoot it. This sounds like a lot of things to take in just a few seconds but after your first few shots, you will begin to feel more comfortable and will start “picking up the clay” (the point you start pointing the gun at it) more naturally. Just remember to remain calm, relaxed and be patient!

To find out more or to book your experience, please call 01756 748 080 or email